Our Grade 3, 4, and 5 students are learning about trustworthiness and how it looks in our lives and relationships. Since a great deal of our world is built on trust, it’s important to see that trust isn’t only needed between nations and leaders, but also in the much smaller realm of our own interpersonal relationships.
Trust is needed in world affairs, school affairs, with friends, and with our families. Being trusted is a key part of being given independence as we get older, especially being honest in COMMUNICATION! Students are also told two real-life stories about (1) betrayal and (2) lying to keep trust (keeping one’s promise). After each story, much discussion is had about feelings around these incidents, as well as personal connections to them (times in students’ lives where they might have experienced something similar).
Finally, we talk about loyalty and a quote is introduced: “Truth is what the voice within tells you.” (Ghandi) Students recognize that the “voice” talked about is actually our conscience, and can sometimes be felt physically with the “icky feeling in your stomach” when you see or know something isn’t right.
The students watch 3 videos of real-life trustworthiness examples (with discussion afterwards), and then participate in an activity about “covering up” our lies. Of course, many people lie to keep from getting into trouble, to exaggerate something we did to make ourselves look better, or to get others in trouble. The problem is, then, that when we make up a lie, we often have to remember how we told it if someone asks about it later. As we try to cover up our first lie, we might end up telling more lies and it can become harder to cover up the truth. The students see and learn how difficult this can be through an activity with pennies and a bucket.